This article originally appeared in Vîma.msâ the Journal of the Buddhist Society of Queensland for October 1983. It was reprinted subsequently in the Young Buddhist (Singapore). It was later issued in the BSQ Tracts on Buddhism series, but has been out of print for some time. In view of the continuing interest in this subject the booklet is being reissued.
The mere use of such names as "vegetarian chicken" and "vegetarian duck" plants seeds of defilement.
During the reign of Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty, when Buddhism flourished in China, people would always invite monks to recite Sutras at weddings and funerals. Times have changed, and now monks are invited to recite Sutras only at funerals.